Your #NSF #SBIR proposal: Now is the time to start

  • October 1, 2018

Now is the time to start prepping for your NSF #SBIR proposal: Applications due December 4th by 5:00 p.m. in your local time zone. Please Note: Applications due by 5:00 p.m. in your local time zone. Your time zone is based on your company’s address as you listed it in your application.

The NSF #SBIR proposal (National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program)- also known as America’s Seed Fund powered by #NSF – provides small businesses with equity-free funding to conduct research and development (R&D) work that will lead to the commercialization of innovative new products and services. The NSF #SBIR program seeks innovative proposals that show promise of commercial and societal impact. NSF #SBIR invites the submission of proposals in almost any area of science and technology (more information on our technical topics is available here).


Tune in to learn more about the program and get your questions answered. #NSF #SBIR will be hosting six webinars this fall. Join us for the first one on Thursday, Oct. 4 @ 2 PM ET. Register here.

Registration Requirements

SAM Registration: To start your proposal, you MUST register to do business with the U.S. government through System for Award Management (SAM). The registration process is free but can take one month (or more) to complete. Read SAM’s FAQs to learn more.

Registration – & FastLane: Once you have your SAM registration number, you can register your account in and head to FastLane to submit your proposal. Read more about the new account management process on

Proposal Preparation Help

Receive Pre-Proposal Feedback: Want to know if writing a proposal is worth your time? Complete the executive summary form and a program director will get back to you in a week or two.

Additional Proposal Preparation Help for NSF SBIR

Want deeper proposal preparation help? We can help you navigate the paperwork, help with crafting language in the proposal, help with developing a budget and budget justification, and more.

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